Natural sites

The Franches-Montagnes

At an altitude of 1,000 metres, the Franches-Montagnes form a plateau of unspoilt landscapes. Characterised by open pastures and pine forests, the region is a paradise for nature lovers.

Horses in the fields, Franches-Montagnes
Horses in the fields, Franches-Montagnes. © Switzerland Tourism/Nicole Schafer
Horse country

Berceau du cheval franches-montagnes – unique race originaire de Suisse - ce dernier y est roi. De nombreuses activités équestres sont proposées comme des balades accompagnées, des dégustations de fondue sur un char attelé ou encore des visites d'élevages

At the cradle of the Franches-Montagnes horse – the only horse breed originating in Switzerland – the latter is king. A wide range of horse-riding activities are available, including guided horseback rides fondue tastings on a horse-drawn wagon and visits to horse-breeding farms

Preserved nature

The pond Etang de la Gruère is situated in the heart of the Franches-Montagnes, surrounded by a protected moorland. A footpath takes you around the lake, allowing you to relax and enjoy the pristine surroundings. 

Outdoor activities

The region is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The Franches-Montagnes offer ideal conditions for all kinds of activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, outings on horse wagon, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding.
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Across the Franches-Montagnes
Across the Franches-Montagnes. © Anthony Brown
Horse "Franches-Montagnes"
Horse "Franches-Montagnes". © Vincent Bourrut
Horse riding in Franches-Montagnes
Horse riding in Franches-Montagnes. © Anthony Brown
Hiking in the Franches-Montagnes
Hiking in the Franches-Montagnes. © Anthony Brown
Family in the Franches-Montagnes
Family in the Franches-Montagnes. © Switzerland Tourism/Nicole Schafer

Natural sites

Etang de la Gruère

A nature reserve of national importance, the Etang de la Gruère is a haven of peace and a true paradise for nature lovers.

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Jura Road, Etang de la Gruère

Watchmaking experiences

Watches | Discover the first museum entirely dedicated to watchcases

Watches | Production of one’s own mechanical watch with personalized components.

Watches | Discover the unique watchmaking heritage of the Franches Montagnes.


The Franches-Montagnes is the only indigenous Swiss horse breed.

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Jura-Route, Franches-Montagnes

Suggested activities

Wellness | The only resort hotel of its kind in the Jura with spa and swimming pool.

Fun & Adventure | A Wild West experience by steam or "Belle Epoque" train.

Fun & Adventure | Discover the endearing world of the Siberian Husky.

Museum | From the farm to the cheese dairy

Wellness | With their "Sensitive Nature©" program, Jura Escapades invite you to get away into the outdoors.

Fun & Adventure | Meet the world's largest bird in a small Franches-Montagnes village.

Summer Sports | The ideal alternative to a bike, for young and old alike.

Fun & Adventure | Workshop on edible wild plants

Watches | Production of one’s own mechanical watch with personalized components.

Travel the most beautiful routes

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